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New overtime rule could affect up to 20,000 Arizona workers

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 10:37:30-05

As many as 20,000 Arizona workers could be guaranteed overtime pay when they do overtime work under a Labor Department rule that took effect Jan. 1, the first change to the rule since 2004.

But critics say the change does not go far enough to protect workers, noting that it would affect only a fraction of those who would have been covered by an Obama administration change that was blocked in court.

“The Trump administration rule is very, very weak,” said Heidi Shierholz, senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute.

“It is palatable to people who don’t want workers to have overtime protections.”

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